Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Amish Baker's Rival


The Amish Baker's Rival is book 2 (of the bestselling The Amish Baker) and available on Amazon. Amish baker Mary Brenneman is furious when handsome Englischer Noah Miller opens up a bakery right across from hers. Now she must win a local baking contest just to stay in business—and beat know-it-all Noah. (Paper release Dec. 2020; eBook release Jan. 1, 2021).

Available on Amazon 

She'll do anything to protect her bakery...

no matter the cost to her heart.

But somewhere along the way, 

Noah and Mary's kitchen wars are quickly 

warming into something more...

Read an excerpt:

 "I saw you at the grand opening, what did you think?" Noah wasn't going to let her off that easily.

 Mary shrugged. "I was merely putting in an appearance to pay my respects to a new shop opening. I wasn't there long, but it looked as if you had a nice turnout."

 "Okay, but what did you think?"

 She kept her back to Noah. "It's nice, but I'm a better baker." She said teasingly.

 "Is that right?" He took a step back.

 "That's right," came a smug goading reply.

 "Well, Miss Brenneman, I'm entering the fall festival baking contest. Are you?"

 She jumped to her feet, whirled around to face him and lifted her chin. "Yes."

 "Good. Game on. Let the best baker win." He laughed. She was sassy, but he wanted to pull her and that cute attitude into his arms. But the fear of looking like a complete and utter fool kept him away.

 "You make it sound like a kid's game." Her gaze brushed over him.

 Noah started to leave, then stopped. "We both know there's much more at stake here than merely winning a contest. At this point, it's not even the money, is it? It's the title, the trophy and the prestige that goes along with the achievement."

 "As usual, Noah, you've thought of it all." Her eyes challenged his.

 He took a step closer. "I'm surprised your bishop would actually allow you to enter. It's such an open display of pride that you think your baking is so good you could actually win a contest."

Marie's Bio:

Marie E. Bast is the Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author of              

The Amish Baker, The Amish Baker's Rival and The Amish Marriage Bargain. The Amish Baker's Rival was a 2021 Finalist in the Mid-American Romance Authors' The Carla Contest, and The Amish Baker was also a finalist in the OCCRWA 2020 Book Buyers Best Book contest for published authors.                            

Her first book, The Perfect Client, was the 2015 contemporary winner of the Ignite the Flame Contest. Her stories whisper words of hope, healing, and forgiveness through complex characters and twisting plots. She enjoys writing Amish, contemporary and historical stories. Married for thirty years, she and her husband have two grown sons and one daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening or spending time with her family.

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